The game was developed from 2009 to 2011 by the Swede Markus Persson Notch, since early 2011. Of the newly formed for this purpose Mojang AB The basic idea was mine Crafts Notch by Infiniminer, a 2009 play set, are degraded in the minerals and brought to the surface had to score points. Still influenced strategy games like Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper, the making of the game.
The murals are used in the game pixel art variations of oil paintings of Swedish artist Kristoffer Zetterstrand.
The game is developed in the Java programming language. For graphic output, the program library Lightweight Java Game Library (LWJGL) is used. To start a Java Runtime Environment Version 6 is required.
2011 took over Jensberg Sweetest the full creative control of Minecraft.
On 18 November 2011 was released the full version on the MineCon in Las Vegas, where Markus Persson presented it officially. Since the publication of the first version, there were numerous alpha and beta versions, the continuously extended to include new content and features and debugged.
The music is composed by the German composer Daniel Rosenfeld (aka C418), some of the sound effects are taken from the licensed under Creative Commons sound archive Freesound Project.
A soundtrack called “Minecraft – Volume Alpha” is, since March 2011, sold separately.
Minecraft Pocket Edition
On 8 October 2011 appeared the Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android. A month later, an identical version for iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. Back in August 2011, the game was exclusive to the Xperia Play smartphone from Sony Ericsson is available. This Pocket Edition offers but in comparison to the PC version, only a limited set of functions.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Followed in May 2012 by 4J Studios a port for the game console Xbox 360 and on the first day they could with more than 400,000 sales will overtake the Xbox usually charged until then Live Arcade title Trials Evolution significantly. The Xbox 360 version will Kinect and the cross-platform play with the PC version support. The current version, however, depends behind the current PC version, this will change with future updates. This version of the game has a large number of resources that are adapted specifically for the Xbox, these include a newly designed crafting system and the ability to play on Xbox Live with friends.
Euro Gamer 10/10
PC Gamer 96/100
In a compilation of browser games from PC Gamer in May 2010, Minecraft was placed within the top ten.
The Online Games Magazine Games Radar lists Minecraft in his top list as the best PC computer game of all time.
In the popular British computer gaming blog Rock, Paper, Shotgun was designated in September 2010 as part of a Minecraft week the game as perhaps the greatest indie hit of the year 2010.
Already in November 2010 over 1.7 million used the classic version and more than 550,000 have preordered. On 12 January 2011, the millionth version was sold, at the time already in beta. By 25 April 2011 was bought Minecraft over 2 million copies, more than 7 million users simultaneously on the website of Minecraft account. On 1 July 2011, the 10 millionth user registered on Minecraft. On 5 Minecraft August 2011 was sold to the three millionth time, while more than 11 million users were registered on Minecraft. On 7 November 2011, more than 16 million users were registered on Minecraft, of which 4,000,000 have bought the game.
Meanwhile bought, according to developers, more than 8 million Minecraft.
On 30 September 2012 declared 4J Studios on Twitter, the Xbox version of Minecraft has sold four million copies. Together with the sales of the other versions was Minecraft acquired for a total of more than 11 million copies making it one of the most popular games ever .
In early 2011, more than 210,000 U.S. dollars will be collected through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to make a documentary about Minecraft. The project is implemented by 2PlayerProductions and from the originally planned 20 minutes to a much larger film are, for which you would like to accompany the programmer a year This film, called Minecraft appear The Story of Mojang, the start of December 2012.
On 11 Persson announced in May 2011 announced that the official Minecraft convention called MineCon 2011 is on 18-19 November in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the MineCon has published the final version 1.0 of Minecraft. After the convention, there was a Into the Nether party with musician Deadmau5. All participants also received free unlock codes for the game Cobalt and Scrolls.
On 2 August 2012, a video was on the YouTube channel published by Mojang, for the 24 to 25 November announcing the MineCon 2012 in Disneyland Paris.
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The game uses some borrowed from popular culture, so remember the so-called Villagers in Squidward Tentacles from the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. The Iron golems are similar to the robots in the Anime Castle in the Sky. The Endermen have strong similarities urban myth of the Slender Man on.
The game is known in the video platform YouTube primarily by the Let’s-play videos of various users. Currently one of the most popular German-Let’s Player of the Game is Gronkh.
The principle of existing blocks of worlds took over some games. Details can be found in the Table.